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One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.

*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system

About

PosterOur Mission

In a leadership role, establish local, national, and global academic, public and private, and not for profit partnerships and collaboration to develop world class educational, research, and service programs for environmental, human, and animal health for the health and well-being of humans, animals, and the environment in which they live.

Vision Statement

Improved health and well-being of humans and animals and the environments in which they live.

Initiative History at Texas A&M

The One Health Initiative was started at Texas A&M in 2011 by Dean Eleanor Green of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dean T. Samuel Shomaker of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary, Associate Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Suzanne Yandow, Clinical Professor and Physician of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

In the summer of 2012 a Program Coordinator and Assistant Dean were hired in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to coordinate, collaborate, develop, and seek out potential TAMU and external partners through program development on the Texas A&M University campus.

The Texas A&M One Health Initiative is Guided by its Mission and the Land Grant Philosophy

The initiative is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields providing the highest quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to prepare students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service to society.

TAMU's One Health program builds on the strength of the university and the State of Texas from discovery to application and commercialization allowing for the discovery, learning, and applied research to meet societal needs. Texas is the second most populous state in the union and is number one in livestock numbers of cattle, horses, and small ruminants with 36% of the nation's beef fed in the Panhandle. Texas is both a border and coastal state with rich cultural diversity.